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Wednesday, 15 August 2012


United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2012 appeal has officially begun, with a theme of “Live United.”

Chairing this year’s campaign are Steve Cottillion of Northwest Savings Bank, Christine Minich of Zippo Manufacturing Company, and Karen Costello-Pecht of Control Chief Corporation. “With the community behind the United Way, we believe we can accomplish anything. Karen, Chris and I look forward to working with our wonderful and caring community to help everyone Live United!” said Cottillion.

The annual campaign, which runs from August 15 through December 15, has a goal of securing pledges from the community through workplace campaigns and individual contributions that benefit the local United Way’s 18 affiliated agencies and 39 programs in the areas of education, income, health and rebuilding lives. The local staff and volunteers will spend the next four months soliciting the community, especially by the use of the workplace campaign presentations. Speakers from partner agencies are eager to present and speak to the community.

United Way officials have again set the goal at $330,000, which was raised from last year’s goal of $325,000. “We are enthusiastic about this year’s campaign and confident that the Bradford community’s generosity will allow us to reach our goal. Along with our annual events and workplace presentations, we have some new ideas that we hope will bring in new donors from the community,” said United Way Executive Director, Megan Minich.

The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 14th annual pig roast/clam bake, which is scheduled for September 6 at the West Branch Community Center. Tickets are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner, draft beer, cash bar, 50/50 raffles and live music. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at www.uwbanews.org or by calling the United Way office at 814.368.6181.

To go along with the “LIVE UNITED” theme is the 2nd annual “Day of Action” on September 22. The Day of Action is a community wide volunteer day where individuals from all walks of the community will join together to advance the common good on issues of education, income, and health. Approximately 200 volunteers are needed and encouraged to visit the United Way’s website to learn how they can lend a helping hand.

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. To learn more about the United Way, visit the website at www.uwbanews.org.

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